Climbing trainees riggingThanks to our generous sponsors, the Foundation is able to offer scholarships to cover part of the voyage fare. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be aged from 14 -25 years old and complete one of our scholarship application forms. Scholarship applications are taken thorughout the year, there is no cut-off date. There are however, a limited number of scholarship places available on each voyage, so getting your application in early is recommended.

The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has two main sponsors who provide funding to those suffering financial hardship that prevents them from being able to afford the voyage fare on their own. The partnership of Woodside Energy and the Minderoo Foundation is truly appreciated. We have a number of different scholarship streams depending on your age and which area you live in. To be matched up with your correct scholarship stream please email or give the office a call on (08) 9430 4105 and we will send you through a scholarship application form.

There are partial and full scholarships available through our sponsors. There is often a component that has to be paid by the participant. Fundraising ideas to make up the balance of your fare can be downloaded here:

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The Foundation is also very appreciative of the many community organisations, clubs, businesses and councils that generously support the program and local youth in their region to take part in the leadership voyages. Below is a growing list of some of these organisations and their sponsorship opportunities.


Minderoo scholarships are targeted at individuals whose educational or employment outcomes are being impaired by financial or personal hardship outside of their control. Eligible applicants must be between 14 and 25 years old, actively engaged in studies, employment or actively seeking employment and complete all relevant sections of the application form. Minderoo scholarships can cover up to $1400 of the $1980 voyage fare


Woodside scholarships are designed to play a role in the lives of young members in our community and to help those people fulfill their opportunities and potential. The scholarships of up to $1400 in value are specifically tailored for young people aged 14-25 living in the Perth metro, Broome, Karratha and Roebourne areas. Applicants must be actively engaged in studies, employment or actively seeking employment and complete all relevant sections of the application form. Woodside also sponsor places for those sailing as a carer/ support trainee on the Leeuwin’s annual Ultimate Challenge Voyage in December. 


The Sir Frank Ledger Trust provides scholarships to deserving young people up to 24 years of age who wish to participate on a Youth Explorer Voyage. This scholarship can cover up to $1400 of the $1980 fare and eligibility is assessed based on the information provided by applicants via the application form. 


Uni Challenge Students on YardsIn November 2014 The McCusker Charitable Foundation generously supported 40 WA University students $1800 scholarships specifically for the Leeuwin Uni Challenge voyage. This once-off event was a great success. For more information on this special voyage visit the Leeuwin Uni Challenge page


The Leeuwin Lions club of Augusta are generously offering to support two young individuals aged between 14-25 residing in Augusta a full sponsored berth to the value of ($1980) aboard Leeuwin in 2014. Applicants need to email the Leeuwin scholarship officer with details of their place of employment, study or school, why they want to take part in the Leeuwin adventure and why they are applying for the full sponsorship.


The CMMA offer a scholarship to the value of $1500 to two successful young individuals per year who demonstrate a genuine interest in following a professional career at sea. Applicants must reside in Western Australia be 15 years or older and submit a Marine related essay or research project of a minimum of 1500 words that will be assessed by the branch committee. Successful candidates will be selected by the Branch Committee based on a review of the essays and will undergo interviews with the shortlist. *Applications for this year have closed. 


The Shire of Harvey and local service clubs including the Australind Lions, Brunswick Lions, Harvey Lions and the Harvey Rotary Club make financial contributions annually to support young residents in the Shire of Harvey financially to take a voyage on the sail training ship Leeuwin II. Applicants must reside in the Shire of Harvey and be between 15 and 25 years old to be eligible. If successful, the scholarship will subsidise $1630 for a Youth Explorer Voyage or $1080 for an Ultimate Challenge voyage.

Find out more or apply here:


Fremantle Council Trainee climbing the mastThe City of Fremantle offers three fully funded scholarships each financial year to individuals aged 14-25 who reside, attend school, TAFE, university or a youth service in the City of Fremantle. Applicants must submit an application form to the City of Fremantle which includes a written support letter from a teacher, mentor, or employee of a school, TAFE, university or youth service in Fremantle.

Find out more or apply here:


The DAA have a limited number of scholarships for each financial year that provide fully sponsored places to young Indigenous leaders in the community. These are assessed on a case by case basis and are specifically targeting young Aboriginals aged 14-25 who actively wish to embrace this opportunity. Applications or enquiries to be made directly to Leeuwin’s scholarship officer:


The David Boykett Tall Ship Voyaging Fund scholarship provides funding to TWO deserving young people up to 24 years of age (14 y/o minimum) who wish to participate on a Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage and reside, study or work in a regional Western Australian area. The scholarships will cover up to $1500 of the $1980 voyage fare. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to apply for up to $250 travel expenses to assist in transport or accommodation costs to or from the departure or arrival ports.


The Kwinana Industries Council sponsor in full two berths aboard a voyage for participants in each of their annual industry training programs: iWomen, iMen and iDiversity. The KIC programs take students in Year 10 from the partnership highschools and give participants the opportunity to explore and understand future employment industries available. Students who continually show growing leadership skills throughout the projects were selected to apply and be awarded with one of two full scholarships to attend a Leeuwin voyage.  


The Shire of Dardanup is offering a number of young Shire  residents aged 14-25 the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to sail aboard a Leeuwin voyage in Busselton in January. Applications close Tuesday 30th September 4.30pm. Find out more or apply:


The City of Rockingham Youth Encouragement Award provides young people residing in Rockingham with the opportunity to participate in a reputable program of their choice. The Award will allow young people to participate in experiences they would not normally have access to, due to their financial circumstances or situation.The award will contribute a maximum of $500 for each participant to attend a reputable program of their choice that will increase the ability of the young person to connect to the local community. Young locals residing in Rockingham have applied for this grant and used it towards a Leeuwin voyage in past. For more information visit:


The City of Albany aim to assist outstanding community leaders achieve excellence in their chosen field by providing funding to access competitions or development opportunities. The City run a small grants program with funding limited to $500 for individual applicants. Applicants from the City of Albany seeking funding for the Leeuwin may consider applying for one of these grants to further their leadership opportunities and personally develop aboard the Leeuwin's leadership voyages. Applications will be assessed according to a specific criteria, and if successful, require a grant acquittal upon completion. For more information on these grants please visit: 


The Rotary of Katanning have generously been sponsoring local youth from Katanning and surrounding areas for years. Their support is ongoing and they welcome local youth seeking sponsorship to attend the Leeuwin voyages to contact them at 

Climbing rigging at sun setLIONS CLUB OF COLLIE 

The Lions Club of Collie are looking to sponsor several local Collie youth aged 14-25 to take part in the Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyages. The voyages valued are valued at $1980 and the Lions Club are offering partial sponsorship of up to $580 for several young Collie residents/ students. To find out more or apply please contact Ian Bushall on 


The Shire of Esperance have supported local youth in their community over the past few years through contributions of partial sponsorship towards a Leeuwin leadership and development voyage. While applications are made individually and funding is awarded on a case by case, registrations of interest by those living in Esperance and requiring financial assistance to fund their voyage can be made to Rod Hilton, Director of Community Services,